The Story of the First Transatlantic Cable

 In 1839, the dream of having a cable that stretched across the Atlantic was just the dream of a few engineers after the birth of the telegraph. In 1858, less than 2 decades later, the first message was sent across the Atlantic by telegraph cable reading “Glory to God in the highest; on earth, peace and good will toward men”.

So how did an idea as world-changing as linking Europe to the Americas go from dream to reality in under 2 decades? Let’s take a look.

After the invention of the telegraph by Wiliam Cooke and Charles Wheatstone, Samuel Morse believed that the concept of a transatlantic communications network was one of possibility. Experts continued to debate the idea until, in 1850, a line was laid between Great Britain and France – the longest of the time.

Later on in 1850, construction began on a line heading from the north-east coast of America to Nova Scotia to Newfoundland.

Trevor is a civil engineer (B.S.) by trade and an accomplished writer with a passion for inspiring everyone with new and exciting technologies. He is also a published children’s book author and the producer for the YouTube channel Concerning Reality.

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